Martin Sheen is an earnest and intense performer but inclined to overwrought melodrama, and his directorial debut CADENCE follows suit. It comes as no surprise that the plot reaches its climax on a dark and stormy night.
Set largely on a US Army base outside Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1965, Franklin Bean, Jr. (Charlie Sheen) is a young ne'er-do-well who's unwillingly enrolled in the military by his father to straighten him out. When the elder Bean dies, Franklin goes on a binge that ends when he slugs an MP and
draws 90 days in the stockade under the control of stern Sergeant Otis McKinney (Martin Sheen). Franklin's barracks-mates turn out to be the "Soul Patr...